Summer Arts 2016: French Theatre

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Je préfère qu’on reste amis. Théâtre du Rideau Vert (May 17-June 11)

First performed at the Théâtre Antoine in Paris, where it met with success, Laurent Ruquier’s play tells the story of two friends who get together every week to share a pizza in front of the TV. She talks about her day, he about his romantic encounters. One night, she decides to confess her secret love for him, and this revelation leads to others. Will they be able to preserve their relationship? Directed by Denise Filiatrault, with Geneviève Schmidt and Patrick Hivon.

J’aime Hydro. Centre du théâtre d’aujourd’hui (June 6-8)

At the Festival TransAmériques, theatre troupes Porte-Parole and Champ Gauche present the nonfiction play J’aime Hydro at the Centre du théâtre d’aujourd’hui. Touching on a social issue dear to the hearts of Quebecers, the play asks the essential question: what has become of the relationship between Hydro-Québec and Quebecers? Christine Beaulieu plays the citizen who’s asking questions and looking for answers; she thus reveals the results of a vast land study and tries to establish a dialogue between the different actors affected by the subject. Directed by Philippe Cyr, written by Christine Beaulieu, with Christine Beaulieu and Mathieu Gosselin.

Inconnu à cette adresse. Théâtre du Nouveau Monde (June 14-26)

Amidst the rise of Nazism, Martin Schulze, a native of Germany, must return to his birth country, leaving behind his friend Max Eisenstein, a Jewish American with whom he has opened an art gallery in San Francisco. What follows is a correspondence that, little by little, reveals the tensions beginning to creep into their relationship, while Schulze gradually allows himself to be won over by the prevailing atmosphere in Germany. Finally, he refuses to save Eisenstein’s sister, who is also in Germany, and when the latter finds out, he embarks on a plan to wreak his vengeance. With Thierry Lhermitte and Patrick Timsit.

Roméo et Juliette. Théâtre du Nouveau Monde (July 21-Aug. 18)

Serge Denoncourt, the prolific director behind the successful Cyrano de Bergerac and Les Trois Mousquetaires at TNM, now turns to Shakespeare’s timeless classic. With the exuberant style for which he is known, Denoncourt has a fresh take in store for this oft-staged chestnut. With Philippe Thibault-Denis, Marianne Fortier, Jean-François Casabonne, Catherine Proulx-Lemay, Jean-François Pichette, and Benoît McGinnis.

Translation: Rebecca Anne Clark

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